baking · books · lifestyle · Vintage Lifestyle

Christmas Baking & Gifts

Hello everyone:

I wanted to share with you all some photos of the baking I did for Christmas as well as some of the gifts I received from my family.  I also bought myself some gifts with the money I was gifted from my family.  I am not a big spender so buying myself some housewares was a treat and many of the purchases were items I had my eye on for years.

Firstly, I will start with some of the baking I did.  My husband and I, for the past two years, have decided to opt out of the Christmas rat race.  In doing this, I decided on primarily homemade gifts for our family members.  I made the cookies shown below, as well as soup and chocolate bark for my family members.  This will be a tradition I continue to do as it is not only heartfelt, but it a big part of my values to eschew the modern consumerism of this holiday.  This has been a big change for me during this time, but choosing to purchase and gift more consciously is very important to me.

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Mince pies and mince pinwheels made with the leftover pastry
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Chocolate dipped shortbreads
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Molasse crinkles, thumbprint cookies, and earl grey sugar cookies

Below are some of the gifts I purchased for myself or are from my family members.  I am very fortunate to have been able to purchase or be gifted these items and I hope you find them as beautiful as I do.  My mother also gifted me a new electric blanket as my previous one died (probably from all the love and use).

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A beautiful rose doiley from Wheaton’s (the cake stand was previously gifted to me from my sister-in-law)
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I am a big fan of Susan Branch’s blog and artwork so I decided to order the newest edition of her first cookbook.

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Quilted star placemat from Wheaton’s (tea set previously gifted to me from my Husband)  I had been longing for these placemats for years.
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This is a condensed version of Mrs. Beeton’s original household management.  As a lover of all things domestic and Victorian, I was glad to find a copy of this book for a good price and look forward to trying some of the recipes.
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From my Husband who clearly knows my love of Wuthering Heights
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Brooch made by my sister-in-law.  Her Embroidery Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TheStitchingKitty

Thank you for having a look at my blog.  A lot of changes are coming and I hope you come back soon!

Sincerely,

Jacqueline

books · history · Uncategorized

Recently Purchased Books – 1

Here are some books I’ve purchased recently.  I have been quite picky about the things I have been bringing into my life and was supposed to be on a “consumables only” shopping diet, however, these books slid through (how could I resist?).  And one could say that you do in fact consume books.

all bookshow to be a victorian

lunch in paris
I read this book before going to Paris for the first time and I own it on my e-reader, but since it has recipes I thought I should pick up the hard copy one day.  I found it on sale for only $6.  This book made me see Paris differently, I think. If you love food (and France), this is a lovely book.

suffragettes

The witches
I have started reading this book and the writing is beautiful and descriptive.  I already recommend it if you are interested in history and witches, of course.

What have you been reading recently?  What are your recently purchased books?  I’d love to know.

Thanks for stopping by.

Jacqueline